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Three Park Rapids students win awards at national PTA contest

Park Rapids senior Matthew Benson captured ribbons at the state and national level. He competed in literature, photography and visual arts.1 / 2
Century Middle School seventh grader Kenny Barr took second place at the national PTA Reflections Contest. (Submitted photos)2 / 2

Seventeen students entered this year's Park Rapids Century PTA's Reflections Art Contest.

Three advanced to the national competition and won awards.

"This is quite an honor for these students and we are so happy to be able offer this at our school," said Colleen Hoscheid of Century School PTA.

PTA Reflections is a nationally acclaimed, student recognition program to encourage artistic creativity in the classroom and at home. All grades and abilities were invited to participate.

Submissions were initially judged by the Century School PTA. Winners proceeded to the Minnesota PTA art contest.

The 2017-18 theme was "Within Reach."

Works were judged in mid-March in St. Paul and are awarded a first place "Outstanding Interpretation," second place "Award of Excellence" or third place "Award of Merit."

Century School's top finishers at state were as follows:

• Grace Officer, fourth grade, photography, second place.

• Jarrett Galzki, fifth grade, music, first place.

• Kenny Barr, seventh grade, visual arts, first place.

• Emily Schulz, eighth grade, photography, first place.

• Anika Campbell, sophomore, dance, first place.

• Paige Leeseberg, junior, music, first place.

• Matthew Benson, senior, literature, second place; photography, first place, and visual arts, first place.

They were awarded certificates and ribbons. Only first-place winners continued to the national competition, held in Washington, D.C.

"We are pleased to announce that Jarrett Galzki and Matthew Benson were awarded third place certificates of merit, bronze medals, and their work will be featured in the traveling exhibition," said Hoscheid. "Kenny Barr won second place certificate of excellence, $200 Young Artist Scholarship, silver medal and his work will be featured in the traveling exhibition."